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Capital & Coast DHB Orthopaedic Service

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Soft Tissue (muscles, tendons and ligaments)

Tendons are often injured or may deteriorate with age. Sometimes surgery can repair or reconstruct them.

In children with neuromuscular conditions, tendons will be lengthened to improve the muscle balance around a joint or tendons will be transferred to give overall better joint function.

Most of these procedures involve some sort of splintage after the surgery followed by a period of rehabilitation, normally supervised by a physiotherapist.   

A good example of this type of surgery is Anterior Cruciate Reconstruction of the knee or shoulder stabilisation.

This page was last updated at 4:23PM on December 3, 2019.